After placing an order for a CE version Vagabond Mini way back in October last year we finally received ours yesterday. The reason it took so long? They didn't exist outside the USA at that point.
For the first test shots we decided to take it, the Elinchrom D-lite 4's and MiniTT1/FlexTT5 Pocketwizards down to the beach on sunset, so after a full charge (the manual says 4 hours to fully charge, but it was more accurately just over 2) across the street to Henley Beach we went.
Having always shot with speedlites on the beach it was a bit of a buzz to have our studio setup from inside exactly replicated outside!
The power cable from the D-lite 4 plugs straight into the Vagabond Mini and it hangs on a strap around the light stand. There's another outlet for a second head or even a power board for a total recommended bank of 4 lights. And there is a USB outlet for any device that takes USB charging (hello iphone!)
A 3.5mm mono cable from the FlexTT5 plugs right into the back of the D-lites enabling remote triggering from the MiniTT1 on camera. All of these were shot with 70-200 f/2.8.
A heavy weighted boom stand allowed us to have the larger softbox hanging nicely in position without any risk of falling over.
First thing that I noted and was blown away by, was that the Pocketwizards enabled the D-lites and the 5DMKii to shoot in HSS - shutters synced to 8000 had zero barn doors!! I know this is nothing to do with the Vagabond Mini, but extra bonus points from Pocketwizard for this little extra piece of goodness! And it will certainly come in very handy with glamour shoots on the beach in full sunlight!
Here's the first shot (D-Lite set to full power)
And the softbox:
ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/2500
Another at 2.8 - which is not that useful here as the sun is setting, but damn it will be perfect in the middle of the day! (D-Lite still set to full power)
ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/2500
A narrower aperture for better sunset and cloud definition:
ISO 100, f/22, 1/100
YOU need one of these!
ISO 100, f/13, 1/60
Then I jumped behind the camera, whacked a fisheye on, dropped the power on the D-lite to about half and got this:
ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1600
Haley wanted more ambient and more "dickhead" - no problem!
ISO 400, f/5, 1/400